fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,515 miles

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2013 Hyundai Accent Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 032015


  • 59,992 miles


While driving the car it loses electrical power and the vehicle stalls, which causes it to lose lights, gauges, steering, etc. The car will not restart immediately after stalling out, sometimes up to an hour. This is a very dangerous situation and has happened over 8 times now. The local Hyundai dealer said it might be the ip junction box or it might be a lose grounding wire and they will not give us a definite answer for a fix. The car continues to lose electrical and stall and is now unable to be covered under warranty due to the fact of the mileage is at 60,100. I see this as a manufacturing fault with the electrical system and Hyundai should take care of this major safety issue at no cost to the consumer.

- Lemoore, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 132015

Accent 6-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
The engine make a noise when is started in the morning. The noise sound like rubbing metal part like timing belt. The dealer recognized the problem on those vehicle also on other with the same mileages but up today does not have any solution for this problem. The dealer also inform that they tried replacing oil pump, timing belt and tensioner but they still having the problem. The noise now could be hear during day use and the engine oil looks dark only with 1,000 miles of use.

- Las Piedras, PR, USA

problem #4

Jun 292014

Accent 4-cyl

  • 14,000 miles
Was driving down the interstate and went to get off on an exit and pressed the brake to slow down and pressed the clutch in to start gearing down and as soon as I pressed the clutch something broke in the clutch and it would not engage anymore. I coasted over to the side of the off ramp and cut the car off. Roadside assistance came out and towed my car to Hyundai of Decatur. My car sat for three days before they would even pull it in. When they finally did, they didn't even get permission from the owner to tear the engine down. All he did was take off the valve cover and automatically tried to blame the engine being locked up on it having low oil which it did not considering it had an oil change on the 20th of June and the car broke down on the 29th. The mechanic did not even look at where the problem originated. Oh, and no check engine light or low oil light came on so that tells me that it has nothing to do with the oil. It tells me that there was faulty parts in the clutch and now they are trying every way they possibly can to get out of repairing my car under the warranty. So if you could please do all you can to get this out there that Hyundai of Decatur are hateful and treat their customers like trash and don't abide by their warranties. I advise anyone to never purchase a car from them ever.

- Vinemont, AL, USA

problem #3

Mar 302013

Accent 4-cyl

  • 2,000 miles


SE model. Supposed to get 29 mpg city. Getting 17-20 city. About Feb 28 I applied for online appointment for Hyundai's los angeles dealer open to the public. Hyundai handbook page 4 says, "regular maintenance and inspection by skilled Hyundai technicians is the key to more efficient operation of the vehicle." Since a past visit saw the dealer and police threaten me with arrest because of my [color] and demand for service, I wrote them in advance I might bring armed guard for protection. My online appointment asked them to check the mpg, steering wheel vibration, motor mounts, carbon in exhaust etc. Arriving Mar 30 about 10:30 am with my own uniformed armed security, a man claiming to be Hyundai security would not give his name, claimed the president of the dealership banned me from the property, that the police were on the way. I showed him my confirmation but he disregarded it. Since he had shut the gate in my face, I was not able to drive my car to the service area. I had planned to look at other cars for purchase at another car dealer next door. I went there with my guard who was with me for meals at two fast food places and no workers or customers complained. About 11:00, still at the other dealer, I was surrounded by six inglewood police cars. The officers said they responded to call of a [race] black man with a weapon. The officers told me if I came back to the Hyundai dealer they would arrest me and charge me with trespassing. Editor: If you read the ca. Trespass laws, I was not trespassing. I feel the dealer made a false police report to endanger me. I also had letter from corporate and the warranty telling me I could go to the dealer for service. Hyundai needs to fire some workers if they do not know how to provide warranty service that car owners are entitled to. Hyundai officials claim they will sue and arrest those who post on youtube about Hyundai.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 182013

Accent 4-cyl

  • 11,000 miles
My wife and I, both over sixty, were driving back from Ohio to Connecticut on the penn rt 80, it was snowing and the road surface was slippery but drive-able. About five miles before the milesburg, pa exit, the car began to loose power and the windshield and the wipers iced up such that our visibility was impaired. I had to stop on the unplowed shoulder of the highway to clear the ice. It was very dangerous as large speeding trucks and cars were passing close by. The traffic included an irate penn state plow driver who beeped and yelled at us. When we restarted our trip, the Hyundai Accent would not go faster than about 15 - 18 miles per hour. We managed to get off the exit while riding on the snow covered shoulder after a very long and strenuous ride. The next day we drove the car, which ran perfectly, to the Hyundai dealer at state college. The car checked out fine. The dealer guessed that the car went into a "limp home" mode because of the road conditions. I concerned that this car company would design a system that would put a couple of senior citizens in such life threatening peril. I feel that we were very lucky, any one of those big rigs could have easily crushed us. Other drivers, put in the same situation, may not be so lucky. Why was this unsafe "limp home" approved by the government?

- Monroe, CT, USA

problem #1

Aug 152012

Accent 4-cyl

  • 100 miles
Car owners will have to take matters into their own hands. After 3 dealers, contacts with Hyundai motors America corporate, and at least two contacts with the better business auto line, others and this manufacturer could care less about their cars and even less about the car owners. I think the ftc and NHTSA are bull. November 19 inglewood California small claims court case [xxx] judge ruled marina automotive llc dba la Hyundai at lax engaged in "concerted failure to provide warranty service and constitutional public accommodation" did not have an "anti-discrimination policy" and "did not honor rights" of a car owner. Judge found Hyundai dealer liable for $609 repair costs plus $115 court costs after owner of a 2010 had to go elsewhere for inspection after no inspection by the dealer. And a better business bureau complaint is pending against Hyundai and its dealer asking for the license revocation of both and equitable damages of $25 million dollars each after dealer and Hyundai motor America refused to inspect 2013 Hyundai. The dealer la Hyundai at lax's agent [xxx] said on August 15 voice mail to car owner after refusing to inspect: "...we have consulted with Hyundai and we are completely within our rights not to service your vehicle....we read your blog of yesterday...and all the claims you made...we have already verified with Hyundai that we do not need to accept any clients...please don't come to buy a car or to do any other type of shopping here....for servicing it is probably best you go back to [the dealer] where you bought it from....we are under no obligation to service any vehicles for any customer that we are not able to satisfy." Note that none of what the Hyundai employee alleges here is stated in any of Hyundai's advertisements or warranties. The warranty says a car can be taken to "any authorized dealer" for warranty inspection and repair. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Los Angeles , CA, USA

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